Irish Curses, 3

John Millington Synge

The Curse

To a sister of an enemy of the author's who disapproved of The Playboy

Lord, confound this surly sister,
Blight her brow with blotch and blister,
Cramp her larynx, lung, and liver,
In her guts a galling give her.

Let her live to earn her dinners
In Mountjoy with seedy sinners:
Lord, this judgement quickly bring,
And I'm Your servant, J. M. Synge.



Mountjoy: Dublin jail.


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